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Book Reviews: Some of My Favorite Random Reads

This is my fourth and final review roundup for the time being, and you probably know the drill by now. First, I pick a genre (like fantasy, historical fiction, or historical fantasy). Then I link to reviews of relevant books I enjoyed.

Cover of The Paper Menagerie, by Ken Liu.

But we’re going to close with a changeup! Below are my thoughts on some of the best books I’ve read recently in a variety of genres. It makes for a strange brew. A few helpings of sci-fi; a dash of sassy necromancy; a garnish of post-apocalyptic literary brilliance. You’re getting all the flavors here.


If you're having trouble picking, Ken Liu’s The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories offers that kind of range in one volume. His anthology toggles between sci-fi, fantasy, and history—sometimes all in the same piece. It’s easily my favorite collection of short stories. If you’ve read The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories or any of the other books on this list, feel free to let me know what you thought. And if you try one and like it, I’d love to hear about that too.



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Cover of the historical fantasy novel Witch in the White City, by Nick Wisseman.

Millions of visitors. Thousands of exhibits. One fiendish killer.

Neva’s goals at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago are simple. Enjoy the spectacle—perhaps the greatest the United States has ever put on. (The world’s fair to end all world’s fairs!) Perform in the exposition’s Algerian Theatre to the best of her abilities. And don’t be found out as a witch.

Easy enough … until the morning she looks up in the Theatre and sees strangely marked insects swarming a severed hand in the rafters.

"... a wild ride sure to please lovers of supernatural historical mysteries." – Publishers Weekly

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